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Kannathil Muthamittal (2002)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, War | 2002 (India)
A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists.

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Mani Ratnam

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Sujatha Rangarajan, Mani Ratnam (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Madhavan ... G. Thiruchelvan
Simran ... Indra
Keerthana Parthiepan ... Amudha (as P.S. Keerthana)
Nandita Das ... Shyama
Prakash Raj ... Dr. Herold Vikramsinghe (as Prakashraj)
J.D. Chakravarthi ... Dhileepan
Delhi Kumar Delhi Kumar ... Ganesan
Pasupathy ... LTTE fighter
Bala Singh ... Shyama's father
Master Suraj Master Suraj ... Vinayan
Master Kethan Master Kethan ... Akhilan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keerthana Keerthana
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Storyline

Dhileepan and Shyama are Tamil-speaking residents of Mankulam, Sri Lanka, who get married with the blessings of their respective families. After the marriage, Shyama confides that she would like to be a mother of eight children, but she is stunned when her husband tells her that he cannot father any children until there is peace between the mainstream and the Tamils in this country. Nevertheless, they do get intimate, which results in Shyama getting pregnant. Dhileepan goes into hiding because of his connections with the Tamil Tigers, while Shyama returns to her father's house. A storm threatens their village, and they are forced to flee to a Refugee Camp in Rameswaram, India. Alone, without any support, Shyama gives birth to a girl, leaves her, and returns to Sri Lanka to be with her husband. The child gets noticed by noted Tamil author Thiruchelvan, who lives with his sister, her husband, and their son and writes books under the pen-name of Indra, who is actually an attractive TV ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Sinhalese | English

Release Date:

2002 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

A Peck on the Cheek See more »

Filming Locations:

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Madras Talkies See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes in the movie that are depicted as taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, were actually shot in Pondicherry (Pudhuchery), India. The first few minutes of the film depicting the civil war in Sri Lanka were shot in the forests of Kerala See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut in order to obtain a PG classification the distributor chose to reduce the intensity of a battle scene by remove images of more personalized violence from the theatrical release. An uncut 12 classification was available. The film was later released on video with a PG classification however whether the cuts were reinstated in this format is not clear. See more »

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Sundari
Performed by Hariharan & Sujatha
Composed by A.R. Rahman
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A Great Film by a world class talent.
25 April 2002 | by raamjaaneSee all my reviews

Mani Rathnam is seriously a World Class Talent. If he had been working in Western Countries he would be considered in the same league as Stanley Kubrick, Stephen Spielberg or Martin Scorsese.

With Kannathil Muthamittal ( A Peck on the Cheek) he has taken the two sensitive subjects of Adoption and the Civil War in Sri Lanka and linked them together to make a heart wrenching story.

The entire cast is superb. Special Mention should go to P.S. Keertana who acts like a veteran despite being so young. Simran and Nadita Das should also not be forgotten.

Mani Rathnam's directs as always with flair and purpose. He is not as flashy as in his other films but this suits the story.

Overall this is an excellent film. Mani Rathnam please make more films! Also hopefully he will soon get the international recognition he so richly deserves.


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